PUTRAJAYA – Adequate high-income job opportunities and quality of life on par with the developed countries are the popular aspirations among youth during the first phase of the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) Dialogue.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that the aspirations were among the 26,000 (aspirations) collected from 585,000 youth engaged through various channels so far, and that he was confident that the target to involve 1.5 million youth by the end of this year would be achieved.
He said 80 per cent of TN50 aspirations expressed by youth touched on the direction of Malaysia’s economy and employment, education and skills empowerment, values in society, environment, people’s well being and good governance.
“The youth want to see a country with advanced, sustainable, and high-tech economic structure, besides having a drastic increase of income in the next 30 years, flexible workplace and working hours, as flexible working arrangement is necessary for them to generate side income as entrepreneurs.
“Clearly, young Malaysians want Malaysia to build our own technology instead of using the foreign-invented ones, and they are concerned about it (technology) will replace human labour and manpower,” he said this in a press conference on the First 90 Days of TN50 Dialogue in his office here today.
In addition, issues such as environment, well being, developed and integrated transport system, both in rural areas and between the states, green technologies and sustainable development were also raised during the dialogues, he said.
Khairy added that in the educational aspirations, the youth wanted effective education system to prepare everyone to cope with market demands and life pressures as well as changes in technology and the implementation of minimum cost of education from preschool up to higher levels
“Most of the youth want to see governance that is transparent and of high integrity apart from maintaining the Malaysian identity and that all must respect different cultures, religious and languages.
However, Khairy explained the two least discussed topics were of health and retirement but he had pushed and encouraged them to talk about this two important (issues) during TN50 dialogues that had entered the second phase, and would continue until the end of this year.
“We will also establish TN50 Future Groups with each group will comprise 10 youth members and three experts who will examine all issues related to the main topics closely,” he said.
Khairy added that, from today until May 12, youth were invited to participate or to nominate credible individuals to be youth member of TN50 Future Group and applications were also opened to individuals over 40 years old who wanted to contribute as experts for TN50 Future Group via www.mytn50.com/circles/registration. – BERNAMA